Been reading this thread since Tom first started it. As a some of you know I got laid off, and I've been making speaker cables and interconnect cables for awhile now. What amazes me is how just the least little change in a cable make up can make a difference in what I hear. YES, Cables DO make a difference. I equate the differences to one of my favorite things, food. Just as a hamburger, fries and drink from McD's can fill you up, using Lowes zip cord cable with run of the mill gold plated brass banana connectors, can get the job done. But, to me grilling up some wonderful fillets, with baked potatoes, a great Cabernet to go with it, and enjoying that dinner with good friends, is so much better. The same holds true with the audio system. Change from one component to another, and BAM! the sound changes, for better or worse. The difference between listening to a CD on my Sony 300 cd changer, and listening to that same CD on the OPPO BDP 83SE, to me anyway, is like the difference between night and day. The same holds true with your cables. The whole idea is to get a signal from it's source to it's destination, and do so without changing anything. Ain't gonna happen! Anything placed between the source and what you are connecting it to changes things. The make up of cables can change the sound you hear from your system, just as spices change the way food tastes. Take those zip cord cables. Yeah, they got the job done, but make those cables with good quality copper wire, with silver plated copper connectors, and to my ears, cleans up the sound, making the bass more full and tight, plus giving the higher frequencies a little more clarity. Lifts that veil everyone talks about! There are so many kinds of wire, everything from plain old copper zip cord, all the way up to silver. Then there is the size of the wire, the resistance, capacitance, inductance, and so many ways wire is made, from solid, to high strand count, and the exotics made from individual multi size wires. Then there are the connectors. Pot metal, brass, copper, gold plating, silver plating, rhodium plating, and each one is like a different spice. There are so many different combinations that can make the least little difference in what you hear. And each system is different. What sounds good on my system might not sound as good on yours! Tom has been auditioning many different cables over the years, and has found some good and some not so good in his systems. IMHO, that's part of the fun, trying new cables to see what works best in your system. Also, to me anyway, making the cables is at least half the fun! Take a look at http://www.douglasconnection.com
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